Arthritis

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Anxiety / Stress;  Depression
Article Date: 30 Apr 2012 – 12:00 PDT

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Approximately one third of adults with arthritis in the USA aged 45+ years suffer from anxiety or depression, researchers from the CDC reported in the journal Arthritis Care Research. The authors added that the prevalence of anxiety in adults with arthritis is almost twice as high as depression, in spite of more studies focusing on the arthritis-depression link.

Keeping The Immune System Under Control With Stem Cell Therapy

Main Category: Immune System / Vaccines
Also Included In: Stem Cell Research;  Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 30 Apr 2012 – 0:00 PDT

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A new study, appearing in Cell Stem Cell and led by researchers at the University of Southern California, outlines the specifics of how autoimmune disorders can be controlled by infusions of mesenchymal stem cells.

Anxiety Or Depression Common Among Aging Adult Americans With Arthritis

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Depression;  Anxiety / Stress
Article Date: 30 Apr 2012 – 2:00 PDT

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Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one-third of U.S. adults with arthritis, 45 years and older, report having anxiety or depression. According to findings that appear today, April 30th, in Arthritis Care Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), anxiety is nearly twice as common as depression among people with arthritis, despite more clinical focus on the latter mental health condition.

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Rise In Rheumatoid Arthritis Among Women Fueled By Obesity Epidemic

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Women’s Health / Gynecology;  Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness
Article Date: 28 Apr 2012 – 0:00 PDT

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Obesity and the painful autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis are each becoming more common, raising a logical question: Could one have something to do with the other? For women, it appears there is a link, Mayo Clinic researchers say. They studied hundreds of patients and found a history of obesity puts women at significant risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Their findings are published online in the American College of Rheumatology journal Arthritis Care Research.

Stendra (Avanafil) For Erectile Dysfunction Approved By FDA

It is estimated that there are approximately 30 million males in the USA who suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Stendra is a medication that is taken, when needed, 30 minutes before starting sexual activity. Doctors are advised to prescribe the lowest dose at which benefit is provided for the patients.

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5 Key Practices That Lead To Successful Hospital-To-Home Transitions

Main Category: Public Health
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 26 Apr 2012 – 0:00 PDT

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Community health plans are improving how patients transition from hospital to home by breaking down silos of care, coordinating among providers, and directly engaging with patients, according to a new report entitled Transitions of Care from Hospital to Home. In the report, prepared by Avalere Health for the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), Avalere researchers examined ACHP community health plans and found five practices that the plans identified as facilitating the success of their care transitions programs:

THE MEDICAL SPECIALISTS’ REFERENCE

MSR will be available in three formats:

FIRST FORMAT: PRINTED EDITION

Two-volume hard copy annual edition to be released  on May 2012 during PAMS’s mid-year convention:

MSR Vol. 1, Pharmaceuticals

-color-coded guide to branded and generic  names of ethical drugs, both prescription and OTC.

MSR Vol. 2 first section, Nutraceuticals: Food Supplements and Beverages

-oral nutraceuticals like slimming and weight-loss aids, food supplements, energy drinks, and other non-therapeutic products.

MSR Vol. 2 second section, Nutraceuticals: External Applications

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Bartonella Infection Associated With Rheumatoid Illnesses In Humans

Main Category: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Veterinary
Article Date: 25 Apr 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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A bacterium historically associated with cat scratch fever and transmitted predominately by fleas may also play a role in human rheumatoid illnesses such as arthritis, according to new research from North Carolina State University.